Dumfries Sheriff Court

Sheriff Court, Dumfries
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Sheriff Court, Dumfries

Situated on Buccleuch Street, Dumfries Sheriff Court is a typical Scots Baronial construction built 1863-66 in red sandstone by David Rhind (1808-83). The B-listed building comprises three storeys and a basement behind railings. An unusual rope moulding extends around the entrance, with large carved knots at either end. Above the entrance is a large pepperpot turret, corbelled out at first floor level and featuring projecting cannon waterspouts, with smaller turrets corbelled out from the second floor at each corner. All of these turrets are capped by a conical green-copper roofs. Also corbelled out, a chunky parapet extends around part of the roof, while a pair of dormer-heads face the street where this parapet is not present. A simple moulding runs around building between ground and first floor levels, stepping up over the entrance and at the corners. A late 20th century extension to the east is rather plain. Inside there are three court-rooms, together with some fine woodwork and ceiling plasterwork. The building is operated by the Scottish Court Service.

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